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Federal Judge Rules Gay Marriage Ban In Nebraska Is Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon Calls Nebraska’s Ban An Unabashedly Gender-Specific Infringement Of The Equal Rights Of Its Citizens.

There may be a flicker of hope in Nebraska. Federal Judge Joseph Bataillon issues an injunction brought about by seven same-sex couples. He didn’t beat around the bush when a request to stay his decision was made. He said his injunction would take effect March 9 to give Nebraska officials time to wrap their arms around this monumental decision.http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/02/us-usa-gaymarriage-nebraska-idUSKBN0LY1MM20150302

But Nebraska state officials appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals before the ink dried on the injunction. In Highland Village, Governor Pete Ricketts also had something to say about the decision, and it wasn’t in the judge’s favor. Ricketts said “The definition of marriage is an issue for the people of Nebraska, and an activist judge should not substitute his personal political preferences for the will of the people,”

State officials wanted the judge to wait while the Supreme Court decides if states can ban gay marriage, but Bataillon said there was no need to wait. Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional according to judge, and just about anyone else that knows something about human rights agrees with him.

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